The recently redesigned Motorcyclist magazine

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Snowbird, Apr 28, 2018.

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What is your impression of Motorcyclist magazine since the redesign?

  1. The new magazine resembles, GQ, Elle, Robb Report

    26 vote(s)
    52.0%
  2. I miss articles about mechanics and how things work.

    26 vote(s)
    52.0%
  3. I miss articles about mechanics and how to fix or improve them.

    22 vote(s)
    44.0%
  4. I miss articles with multi-page coverage of epic rides people have taken

    14 vote(s)
    28.0%
  5. I like the shorter articles like the two-page spread covering the Husky 701

    3 vote(s)
    6.0%
  6. I like the longer articles like the eight pages devoted to smoking pot and riding

    4 vote(s)
    8.0%
  7. I'm six-pages interested in building a temporary arena cross track

    2 vote(s)
    4.0%
  8. I can't get enough three page articles about a guy who runs a business because he loves it

    1 vote(s)
    2.0%
  9. I like single page articles about people connected to motorcycling

    4 vote(s)
    8.0%
  10. I like Keith Code's article and I'm glad it's still there

    11 vote(s)
    22.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Snowbird

    Snowbird Cereal Killer

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    What is your impression of Motorcyclist since the redesign? Spoiler: My opinion is unfavorable. Not that the previous design and staffing of the magazine was universally loved, but has it moved in a better direction? Will the magazine appeal to a younger demographic? If yes, then that's a good thing and I'm reduced to the Old Man yelling at his country... oops I mean the one yelling about his lawn grass.

    Here are some questions to gauge the success of the redesign and apparently wholesale change of editors and contributors. Choose as many options as you want. Questions are mainly based on the May/June 2018 issue. Now don't go out and buy a copy to answer-- $8 is a lot of money-- check your local library or a trash can near a news outlet.
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  2. Patek

    Patek Been here awhile

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    People read magazines?
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  3. OGOBRacing

    OGOBRacing Been here awhile

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    I won't be renewing. Ditto for its sister publication Cycle World, which has announced a move to the same format, but if I recall correctly only a four-times--year distribution.
    The new format is nice for the doc's office or sitting on the shutter, but that's about it. Basically it's a paper version of sorting through FB.
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  4. Gerg

    Gerg Gergy Bear

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    Print media is trying to compete with the interwebs, unsuccessfully.
    I used to subscribe to both Cycle World and Motorcyclist and then they merged under the same corporate umbrella. Pretty much the same same written by different people. Then the serious downturn in content. The final straw was Egan retiring (Cycle World), loved his writing and subject matter.

    No longer subscribe to either.
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  5. ttpete

    ttpete Rectum Non Bustibus

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    I've seen both magazines, and they suck. WTF is WRONG with these people?

    I subscribe to several British bike mags. More expensive, but a subscription cuts the price to $5 each. There are over twice as many pages with far more interesting articles, and they are all MONTHLY, not quarterly.
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  6. bbrz

    bbrz Been here awhile

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    Just arrived in the mail today. Working in the yard, no opinion yet. But it looks (on the cover) hipster, as CW has moved on to.
    Interested how the MJ article as posted above, resembles my times in the late 70's. Yeah right, Dude. Keep on truckin'.
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  7. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer

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    I'm trying real hard, but I'm not really impressed.
    1), in the task of making it look impressively artistic, they put big white boundaries around the articles and printing,,,, by actually reducing the font size of the lettering, making it hard to read. And the pics are too small.
    2) the articles are boring. I miss the side by side testing, instead there's more stories of hipsters making dumb looking bikes.
    3) I just get the feeling that more of the writers are writers who know nothing about motorbikes.
    I'll continue to read it at the magazine stand like I've always done, and buying it like I've always done if there's articles I enjoy, but lately there's no articles that I'm really enjoying.
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  8. shakeybone

    shakeybone Long timer

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    Long time subscriber to both Motorcyclist and Cycle World. Motorcyclist was not renued and Cycle World won't be either, one more issue to go.
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  9. oic

    oic Business is ALWAYS personal

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    I cancelled but they charged my amex card anyway. I disputed the charges and after several threats by mail from them, something about I agreed to keep a subscription to this POS for the rest of my life, they stopped. And then I get one in the mail. Turns out when Sportrider bit it, they decided to finish out your subscription with MC. I like Ari and his boyfriend just fine but the rest of it sucks. Roadracing world is still pretty good.
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  10. Endorphin

    Endorphin Been here awhile

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    Their redesign finally got interesting enough to look at. Beautiful magazine now, worth the eread.
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  11. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    I'm right in line with the rest of the posters here. But, I'll add one more gripe. I got tired of reading about Kalifornia every month. The same old blather. Canyon carving to the Rock store and the unknown 'celebrities' seen. Another ride to Mt. Palomar, and the 'prestigious' Quail motorcycle show. Make me wanna barf. There is a whole big country out here with great riding to be written about, but I guess they choose to fly over it. Their 'long term' reports on various models were nothing but a sales pitch from paying vendors, complete with links to buy their shit. You call riding a motorcycle 1500 miles a year and bolting on $2500.00 in after market parts a long term report? Right. I can go on, but you folks get the picture. Guess I'll head out and ride my old bike on some boring roads. Oh, and stay off my lawn.
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  12. Snowbird

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    I just looked through the issue of Cycle World that was in the two months of accumulated mail when I returned home and tentatively rate CW a far better magazine content-wise. Who knows what future issues will look like, and I have not delved into the articles yet. I don't mind the artsy look so long as there is real nuts and bolts content. Motorcyclist magazine must be geared toward people who find motorcycles curious black boxes and like it that way. Motorcycle magazines seem to have less to cover these days, too. Twenty years ago Motorcycle Daily could barely keep up with the parade of new models being released, while today it struggles to put something on it's home page, often two or three articles about racing and few new model releases. If you think back to the fall when new models were released it was for the main part a parade of new Yamahas and just a sprinkling of other brands. All in all, the magazines are likely a reflection of the dire straights the industry finds itself in.
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  13. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    I've been a reader since about '77, and an off-and-on subscriber since '86. For me, the Golden Age of Motorcyclist was when they had Nick Ienatsch, Mitch Boehm, and Jeff Karr with Art Friedman at the helm. Content-wise, it's been all downhill from there. I also think Ari Henning is the best of the new generation.
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  14. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2015 Subaru Forester

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    I agree with Ari being great.

    I have not had a chance to look at the magazine.

    They are not sold at grocery store anymore.
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  15. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

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    An occasional interesting piece but not enough. I do not like the "artsy" direction. Absolutely will not renew. ADV is better reading - at least until the nuts take over the thread.
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  16. airheadDan

    airheadDan Been here awhile

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    I'm a long time subscriber to Cycle World. The only two things that made it worthwhile the last few years were Eagan's and Kevin Cameron's columns. Since Eagan is mostly retired that leaves only Kevin Cameron. Now going to the quarterly format I won't be renewing when my subscription is done. Most of the writers for Motorcyclist seem like they are trying too hard to seem hip by using their own brand of slang that I have trouble understanding. I know that I'm old and unhip, but isn't the whole idea of being a writer to get your thoughts across to as many people as possible? Just my $0.02
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  17. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    Year ago I used to subscribe to many motorcycle magazines but dropped them all about ten years ago. The internet is my source now.
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  18. WindBlast

    WindBlast Recalculating........

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    Back in the 80’s between my buddy at work and myself we shared 6 bike mags monthly. Each one was read cover to cover. Over the years i did CW, Motorcyclist, RR/MCN, and Rider into the early 2000’s when a couple of them turned to covering cruisers and stupid custom choppers ala the OCC craze. That left MCN and Rider. Clement seemed holier than thou to me so that relationship ended and MCN became less about bikes and more about spritualism as time went on. Fuck that. The Euro mags are by far the best and if they didn’t cost so much I would do it. Although CW and Motorcylist websites are available they are to me unreadable as the ads load and everything keeps popping up and moving around while you are trying to read. I finally give up and leave. revzilla is a pretty good read and i can get most of my test info from YouTube these days so goodbye and good riddance to print mags because you suck! Don’t blame millennials for plain bad management. I would be a consumer if i thought it was worthwhile.
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  19. BetterLateThanNever

    BetterLateThanNever Long timer

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    This is what I miss most about magazines: road tests by experienced riders who can write, and who I have some history of reading. I find a lot of what's on YouTube pretty random, and not always that insightful. It's amazing to me that magazines are giving this type of content up in their effort to save themselves, but maybe I'm an outlier.
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  20. WindBlast

    WindBlast Recalculating........

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    I looked at at least 100 videos on my S100XR before I pulled the trigger. There is no way magazines could supply that many different options or opinions. Some were Moto-journalists and many were actual owners.
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